Experience to propel Titans to the top
The Burke County Titans bring years of experience to the court with all starters returning; many since their freshmen season.
Returning starters include seniors, Taylor Mahlum and Megan Peterson; juniors, Lakin Peterson, Taylor Peterson, Haley Allen; and sophomores, Brook Blom and Heidi Knutson.
“We should compete every night,” stated Head Coach, Aaron Haggin. “Our district is wide open. Anyone can beat anyone on any given night.”
Haggin is getting his team ready to take down the top two teams in District 16, Stanley and Trenton.
“This team has the chance to be a top district contender. If they work hard together, they will be a tough team to beat,” commented Haggin.
He lists defense and experience as his team’s strengths.
Haggin in his third year as head coach will be assisted by Nell Peterson and Marcie Durick.
The Titans took to the court for the first time Dec. 13 in Berthold. The Tioga Tourney is set for Dec. 16, 17, 19 & 20.
After the Christmas break, Burke County travels to Trenton, Jan. 4; hosts Powers Lake in Lignite, Jan. 7 and Stanley in Bowbells, Jan. 9. They will hit the road again playing Richardton/Taylor in Ray, Jan. 18 and Divide County in Crosby, Jan. 19. The Titans host Ray in Lignite, Jan. 23 and cut across King’s Highway to play Powers Lake, Jan. 28. The end the month of January with a contest versus Tioga, Jan. 30 and in Kenmare, Jan. 31.
The month of February is just as busy, hosting Divide County in Lignite, Feb. 4 and traveling to Ray, Feb. 7 and right back in action the next day, Feb. 8 in Bowbells against Sawyer. North Shore comes to Bowbells, Feb. 10. After a bit of a break, Burke County travels to Williston Feb. 20 to take on the Crusaders and end the regular season at Glenburn, Feb. 25.
Districts are Feb. 28, March 1 and 3 in Ray and Regionals are set for March 10, 11 & 13 at Williston State College.
BC 11 31 37 48
B 10 21 32 45
“The girls really came ready to play for their first game,” smiled Coach Aaron Haggin. “They worked hard defensively, moved well on offense and really worked together on both ends of the floor.”
Haggin continued, “Everyone contributed in some way to ensure we got the victory. Haley Allen played a good game for her first game in over a year. Taylor Mahlum and Taylor Peterson played a good defensive game for us. Lakin Peterson and Heidi Knutson hit two key shots in the final minute and Megan Peterson sealed the victory with two free-throws after Lakin’s blocked shot.”
The Titans totaled 23 rebounds with L. Peterson nabbing 10 to lead the team. BC committed 12 turnovers. They hit 18 of 64 field goals for 28% and 7 of 14 free-throws.
Scoring for Burke County were Mahlum 9, Allen 9, Brook Blom 8, L. Peterson 8, T. Peterson 7, Knutson 5, and M. Peterson 2.
COUNTY TEAMS PLAY IN STANLEY INVITE
Powers Lake 48 Stanley 38
PL 16 25 38 48
S 4 17 29 38
The Ranchers hit 16 of 40 field goals for 40% and 14 of 33 free-throws for 42%.
Leading the team in rebounds were Levi Hoiby 14 and Curtis Marden 6. Tate Enget racked up 6 assists.
Powers Lake committed 14 turnovers.
PL scorers: Levi Hoiby 19, Curtis Marden 12, Logan Klitzke 7, Tate Enget 6, Jon Rosencrans 2, and Justin Van Berkom 2.
Burke County 24
BC 10 10 15 24
T 17 28 34 52
BC scorers: Colton Gandrud 6, Douglas Winzenburg 5, Josh Kihle 4, Nolan Beeter 3, Dylan Benge 2, Quinn Chrest 2 and Mathew Hinds 2.
Burke County 36
BC 2 15 26 36
S 20 34 48 56
BC scorers: Colton Gandrud 11, Douglas Winzenburg 11, Josh Kihle 11, Quinn Chrest 2 and Dylan Benge 1.
Powers Lake 44
PL 6 21 34 44
T 13 19 37 52
PL scorers: Curtis Marden 21, Levi Hoiby 14, and Logan Klitzke 9.
North Shore 82
Powers Lake 64
NS 21 53 71 82
PL 11 30 50 64
PL: Levi Hoiby 28, Curtis Marden 18, Logan Klitzke 10, Tate Enget 5 and Matthew Hager 3.
Divide County 53
Burke County 38
BC 11 22 27 38
DC 9 19 35 53
BC: Douglas Winzenburg 18, Colton Gandrud 12, Nolan Beeter 7, Matthew Hinds 2, Zack Beard 1.
|LAST MINUTE OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS|
Here we are one week from Christmas and if you are like me you probably still have some presents that need to be bought and time is running out. Actually, I only have one more present to find, the rest are picked out and just need to be picked up.
So as I have been working some sport shows and doing my shopping I thought I would write up a list of gifts that one who enjoys the outdoors just might like and it will make your job easier in the end.
Probably one of the coolest ideas for the season, but maybe not the most practical for some, is the new Fish Phone from Vexilar. It is a transducer that can be cast out and emits a wi-fi signal back to a smart phone or tablet with a free app and becomes a portable depth finder. $129.99
For the person with a portable ice shack who likes night fishing, the lights and light bars from Frabill always make a great gift. They are mounted with Velcro so they can be used for other things besides ice shacks. $19.99-$29.99
A good camera is always good. I know most people have cameras on their cell phones but I think it is still a great idea to have a quality digital camera in case you get a “keeper shot” that you may want to enlarge and frame.
In most cases it still takes a quality camera to make that photo perfect. If not a regular camera, a GoPro to catch video of the outdoors as you live them is another good option.
I say this every year and still think it is a great gift idea; a good hunting or fillet knife. Most outdoorsmen can use a good hunting or fillet knife. This of course is unless you read this every year and buy a hunting knife.
This year another good idea is if you can find some ammo, especially .22 ammo, buy it and give it to your gun enthusiast. With the shortages of ammo any good hunter or shooter would greatly appreciate a few hundred rounds.
So how about a selfless plug to my new book, “Cracking the Channel Catfish Code.” Of course I would put this on my must have list for people to give as gifts. All kidding aside a book (on any subject) is great gift for any outdoors person. It seems 2013 was the year of book writing and there are many good books out there for any taste in the outdoors or any subject for that matter.
Whatever you end up giving this holiday season just be sure to give yourself the gift of the outdoors in some way shape or form.
Until next time have a very Merry Christmas.